Objectively speaking, there's a lot that's ridiculous about Donald Trump. From his suspected spray tan that prompted even President Obama to refer to him as a "shriveled tangerine," to his crazy proposal to force Mexico to cover the cost of a yuuuuuge wall to keep undocumented immigrants out, the Republican presidential nominee often looks and sounds somewhat wacky to the average outsider. Viewers of the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 19 were expecting him to have to address the serious allegations of sexual assault and harassment against him, but nothing matched the shock that audience members felt when Trump broke out the name "bad hombre" in referring to Hispanic immigrants. To some, the phrase was a little more than offensive, although from the wave of "bad hombre" jokes about Donald Trump that flooded Twitter Wednesday night, the comic relief derived from the moment was at least a little bit of a relief from the painful election cycle.
The comment came during the section of the night devoted to discussing immigration, a much-anticipated and contentious subject, because Trump has continually disparaged Latinos, even calling Mexicans criminals and murderers when he launched his campaign.
In that spirit, Trump again pledged to get the "bad hombres" out of the country. And Twitter went wild:
Trump was unabashed in, again, engaging in racist rhetoric, even using the Spanish word for "man" when talking about deporting large swaths of people. His full quote is clearly (not) freaking out the bad hombres of Twitter:
We stopped the drugs, we shored up the border. One of my first acts will be to get all of the drug lords, all of the bad ones — we have some bad, bad people in this country that have to go out. Were going to get them out, we're going to secure the border, and once the border is secure at a later date we will make it's determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here that were going to get them out.
When they're not gleefully reclaiming the term, Twitter users were quick to point out who they think the real "bad hombre" is:
And to, of course, remind him that "many people are saying" that his hair looks pretty weird:
In most cases, the phrase was really just too much fun:
It's too bad that Trump made his "bad hombre" comment this close to Halloween, honestly, because that racist jab is sure to inspire some racist costumes, and that I do not want to see.